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Vertiloch (Kingdom of)
Location: Center of the floating continent of Alphatia, north of the Aaslan void, sandwiched between Haven and Theranderol. HW
Area: 49,384 sq. mi. (127,905 sq. km.).
Population: 625,000, including Ashar (pop. 15,000)
Languages: Alphatian (Vertilian dialect).
Coinage: Alphatian Standard: crown (gp), mirror (sp), judge (cp). Vertiloch mints no other coins.
Taxes: 15% income tax on everyone of servant status or higher. Slaves are counted as the property of the owner and the product of their labour is taxed as income for the owner.
Government Type: Monarchy governed by the currently elected emperor or empress, member of the Alphatian Empire.
Industries: Formerly government, now mainly agriculture. A few people are dedicated to rebuilding the nation and restoring Vertiloch and Sundsvall, the capital, to their past glories.
Important Figures: Eriadna (Queen of Vertiloch-Eriadna now resides in Alphas'ar, though).
Flora and Fauna: The land of Vertiloch is mostly fertile land good for farming. It was not used as such originally, but farming has greatly increased in the recent years. Despite this, travellers can often find some old monuments or other artistry, though most of these have suffered from ruin or neglect by now. Vertiloch also used to be a nation with few monsters, but that has changed as well after the harsh times Alphatia has seen, particularly with monsters that survived the destruction of Sundsvall when their masters were killed, thus allowing them to escape and roam the nation. Obviously a number of monsters live in the Haunted Marshes as well, but since there has been little reason to go there in recent years, the area should be considered largely unexplored by now.
Further Reading: Dawn of the Emperors boxed set, previous almanacs.
Last Year's Events: The prospect of a canal between Sasdil and Bigos in Theranderol may finally signal the end of Vertiloch's decline.